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Polish nationalist booted by church

Holocaust revisionist was set to speak Sunday at Ozone Park rectory

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Posted: Thursday, August 22, 2019 10:30 am

A last-minute letter campaign has derailed the appearance of a Holocaust-revisionist historian who’d been scheduled to speak this Sunday night at the rectory of the St. Stanislaus Bishop and Martyr Church in Ozone Park.

Edward Reid, an Atlanta blogger and filmmaker, espouses a new version of anti-Jewish history that has escalated in popularity in Poland since the election of a nationalist party president in 2015.

Reid is part of a movement that aims to counter what it calls the “slander” that some Poles collaborated with the Nazis during World War II.

“Holocaust organizations” have “monopoliz[ed] suffering” caused by the Nazi occupation “to keep the Poles out of this ‘holy 6 million,’” according to his social media page, referring to the number of Jews killed in the genocide.

Reid’s video lectures on the war have been pulled from YouTube, he confirms, as hate speech.

Two weeks ago, notices appeared on Twitter that Reid would be appearing Aug. 25 at the rectory across the street from St. Stanislaus, whose congregation is largely Polish. Not long ago, the church became part of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary parish a few blocks away on Rockaway Boulevard.

“The parish space was reserved for a meeting of a local Polish veterans organization with no reference to Edward Reid being invited as the guest speaker,” a spokesman for the Brooklyn Diocese said this week when asked about the engagement.

“In light of the concerns raised about Edward Reid’s past commentary surrounding the Holocaust, this event is now under review.”

While the diocese spokesman said no final decision had been made, the organizers of Reid’s appearance — identified by Reid as the Polish American Strategic Initiative and the Katyn Monument Preservation Committee — quickly arranged for a new location, the Polish National Home, a cultural hall in Greenpoint that doubles as a club for punk rock bands.

Sergey Kadinsky, an adjunct professor of Jewish studies at Touro College in Brooklyn, called Reid “truly a hate figure.”

Late last week, Kadinsky, who lives in Fresh Meadows, hand-delivered a letter to the pastor of Nativity and St. Stanislaus, the Rev. Paul Palmiotto, questioning the parish’s decision to provide a venue for Reid.

Palmiotto is on vacation until next month, a parish secretary said, directing all inquiries to the diocese main office in Brooklyn.

The role of everyday Poles in the Holocaust is a bitter and divisive issue in Poland these days. A new law that made it a criminal offense to refer to Polish guilt during the Nazi era was criticized both by Israel and the United States. (The law was changed last year to require only civil penalties.)

“Poland has the highest number of righteous people of any country in the world,” said Kadinsky, referring to the special designation Israel bestows on those who helped rescue Jews during the war.

“But there were collaborators, there’s no denial of that,” he said. “We should honor the heroes without ignoring the villains.”

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  • fortruth posted at 10:41 pm on Thu, Sep 12, 2019.

    fortruth Posts: 1

    What is interesting is that Mr. Reid is not Polish. He therefore can't be a Polish nationalist and he certainly is not a Holocaust revisionist. He learned of the dishonesty and bias in the media towards Poles, and the outrageous claims by certain Jewish organizations who are demanding to be paid by Poland for the loss of property by Jews caused by Germany and the Soviet Union, although those groups were already paid by Germany. Meanwhile Poland was never given any reparations or restitution from Germany for the immense destruction, theft and loss of property and life and instead had to endure 50 years of Soviet occupation after the war. What is even more outrageous is that US legislators are pressuring Poland to succumb to those demands and they are doing it under the guise that the money will go to Holocaust victims, while ignoring the needs of the Polish victims of German perpetrated genocide and their families who got nothing, which would be the whole Polish population. The mandate to pressure these payments by Poland known are under law 447 and misleadingly called the JUST Act. This law was passed with very little public discussion. Mr. Reid learned about this and found this outrageous. When other Americans learn the details of this attempted act of international robbery by our legislators I bet they agree with Mr. Reid.



     
  • fortruth posted at 10:16 pm on Sun, Sep 8, 2019.

    fortruth Posts: 1

    Sergey Kadinsky is right when he says there were Polish heroes and villains. What he does not say is that the same can be said of Jews. Look up Rumkowski from the Lodz ghetto who was given power by the Germans and mistreated other Jews with his fellow Jewish council members and the Jewish police. These collaborators were despised by all the other Jews who were their victims. The idea that mentioning this is considered anti-Semtic is improper and disingenuous. Mr. Reid is clearly angry that there is a tendentious treatment of the Polish experience during WW II and after, in comparison with how the Jewish experience is treated. The suffering of the Poles is overlooked, their crimes are exaggerated, while the culpability and collaboration of Jews that collaborated is whitewashed. Most Poles feel the same way, but are afraid to talk about this, precisely because of what is happening to Mr. Reid.



     
  • fortruth posted at 10:13 pm on Sun, Sep 8, 2019.

    fortruth Posts: 1

    Sergey Kadinsky is right when he says there were Polish heroes and villains. What he does not say is that the same can be said of Jews. Look up Rumkowski from the Lodz ghetto who was given power by the Germans and mistreated other Jews with his fellow Jewish council members and the Jewish police. These collaborators were despised by all the other Jews who were their victims. The idea that mentioning this is considered anti-Semtic is improper and disingenuous. Mr. Reid is clearly angry that there is a tendentious treatment of the Polish experience during WW II and after, in comparison with how the Jewish experience is treated. The suffering of the Poles is overlooked, their crimes are exaggerated, while the culpability and collaboration of Jews that collaborated is whitewashed. Most Poles feel the same way, but are afraid to talk about this, precisely because of what is happening to Mr. Reid.



     
  • historian posted at 8:58 am on Sun, Aug 25, 2019.

    historian Posts: 1

    I find this article troubling.







    A curious question. Why talking about suffering of non-Jewish Poles during WWII under German (and also Soviet occupation) is "anti-Jewish"? Why in the United States little is known that among 6 million Polish citizens who perished during WWII were 3 million Polish Jews and 3 million non-Jewish Poles? (this should not be mixed with the fact that 6 million European Jews perished during Holocaust, that included 3 million Polish Jews and 3 million non-Polish Jews). I hope that I clearly explain the numbers.







    I think that Polish-Americans want Poland's history to be known, respecting history of Holocaust where 6 million European Jews perished, and 3 million non-Jewish Poles perished as well. Why any mention of non-Jewish Poles' suffering is inviting, by some groups such protests, and unjustified attacks labeling speakers as "haters". Why talking about all the aspects of Poland's WWII history is somehow censored in US?







    Can we openly talk about it? In this article, this sentence: "Edward Reid, a controversial writer and filmmaker who claims Jewish groups have unfairly labeled Poland as Nazi collaborators in the Holocaust" - should be protested. Poland was *never* a Nazi collaborator. Poland as a country ceased to exists on Sept 1st 1939. This to make a statement that "Jewish groups have unfairly labeled Poland as Nazi collaborators in the Holocaust" - Mr Reid is right. Such a slander should be protested. Or better, history should be discussed by listening to all. Can we talk about it.







    The fact that there were individual German collaborators during WWII, as well Soviet collaborators, should not be generalized to name as collaborators the entire ethnic groups, or (nonexisting during WWII) countries, where the collaborators came from. This ethnicity and citizenships of German and Soviet collaborators should not matter. These were individual villains who were responsible for their despicable behavior.







    Poland in the United States recently has been labeled, as a country, as a Nazi=German collaborator. This falsehood must end. Those who rightfully protest "are not" nationalists, haters, antisemites, as immediately are called, as in this article, but people who care about history. Can we talk about it?







    Poland that was destroyed completely during WWII, lost 20% of its populations, lost 95% of infrastructure, and dd not regain freedom after WWII, became finally free in 1989, deserves better treatment in media. Can we agree on that?